CSN Top 20 Rankings, Playoffs-Quarterfinals

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CSN Top 20 Rankings, Playoffs-Quarterfinals

1 Maine South (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 1): Defeated Conant 27-13
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Glenbard North
PrepsTalk: No second-round slump this time around. The Hawks roll into the quarterfinals behind 244 total yards and three touchdowns from Northwestern-bound quarterback Matt Alviti.

2 Glenbard West (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 2): Defeated Libertyville 38-10
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Wheaton North
PrepsTalk: The Hilltoppers sacked Libertyville quarterback Jack Deichl nine times, including 3 from Jack Wheeler. Devante Toney and Nathan Marcus also found the end zone for Glenbard West.

3 Lincoln-Way East (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 3): Defeated Providence 24-14
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Edwardsville
PrepsTalk: The defense produced a safety and contained Celtics running back Brandon Price. Solid games on offense from running back Nick Colangelo and quarterback Tom Fuessel.

4 Loyola (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 4): Defeated Bartlett 31-7
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Palatine
PrepsTalk: The Ramblers cruise after an early 7-0 deficit. Running back Julius Holley (22 carries, 113 yards, TD) and quarterback Peter Pujals (31-45, 266 yards, rushing TD) come through once again.

5 Marian Central Catholic (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 5): Defeated Woodstock North 41-20
Next Game: 5A Playoffs vs. Montini
PrepsTalk: The Hurricanes utilized three second-half turnovers and Chris Streveler (259 total yards, three TDs) took over from there. And look who comes to Woodstock for the quarterfinals

6 Mount Carmel (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 6): Defeated Simeon 41-6
Next Game: 8A Playoffs at Lyons
PrepsTalk: The Caravan held the Wolverines to four total yards in the first half. Draco Smith, Matt Domer, Don Butkus and Vincent Speller all scored for Frank Lentis crew.

7 Crete-Monee (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 7): Defeated Richwoods 35-32
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Ottawa
PrepsTalk: Laquon Treadwells interception return for a score and one-yard TD reception helped erase a dismal seven-turnover day by the Warriors; C-M avenges last years playoff loss to Richwoods.

8 Palatine (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 9): Defeated Schaumburg 42-14
Next Game: 8A Playoffs at Loyola
PrepsTalk: An opportunistic defense and an offense led by Ethan Olles, Cam Kuksa, Alex Nawrot and John Serio pace Palatine. The Pirates reach the 10-win mark for the first time since 1997.

9 Neuqua Valley (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 10): Defeated Bolingbrook 44-33
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Waubonsie Valley
PrepsTalk: Another game, another signature win by Neuquas program. Joey Rhattigan: 27 carries, 27 carries, 344 yards, five touchdowns. And you thought the first Neuqua-Waubonsie game was big

10 Cary-Grove (11-0)
Last Week (Ranked 11): Defeated St. Patrick 49-21
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Crystal Lake Central
PrepsTalk: The Trojans racked up 551 rushing yards, 205 of those from Kyle Norberg. The senior fullback also scored three touchdowns. Quarterback Quinn Baker rushed for 188 yards and a score.

11 Waubonsie Valley (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 12): Defeated Oak Park-River Forest 28-7
Next Game: 8A Playoffs at Neuqua Valley
PrepsTalk: Austin Guido (232 yards on 39 rushes) and quarterback Dylan Warden scored two touchdowns apiece. It sets up a very interesting rematch in Naperville.

12 Glenbard North (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 13): Defeated Stevenson 23-14
Next Game: 8A Playoffs at Maine South
PrepsTalk: Justin Jackson was Ironman against the Patriots. He piled up 216 yards on 48 carries with three touchdowns. Playing cornerback, he helped tame a very talented Stevenson offense.

13 Wheaton North (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 14): Defeated Prospect 14-7
Next Game: 7A Playoffs at Glenbard West
PrepsTalk: Quarterback John Peltz hooked up with Matt Biegalski on a 5-yard scoring toss in the fourth that proved to be the winning score. Clayton Thorson left the game with a collarbone injury.

14 Benet (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 16): Defeated Oswego 28-13
Next Game: 7A Playoffs at Downers Grove North
PrepsTalk: Porter Ontko has helped cement the Redwings as a top defensive team (INT-TD against Oswego), but how about his skills on offense: 213 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

15 Lemont (10-1)
Last Week (Ranked 17): Defeated Richards 23-19
Next Game: 6A Playoffs at Oak Forest
PrepsTalk: The defense, led by Connor OBriens two forced fumbles was clutch once again. Quarterback Zach Brosseau: 20-for-29, 231 yards, TD. A rematch and rivalry game await.

16 Oak Forest (10-1)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Shepard 69-29
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Lemont
PrepsTalk: The Bengals make a big splash en route to the quarterfinals, with Ben Santiago scoring four touchdowns against the Astros. Lemont beat Oak Forest 17-14 back on September 21.

17 Morris (10-1)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Urbana 65-20
Next Game: 5A Playoffs at Washington
PrepsTalk: The Redskins, familiar faces in in November IHSA football, roll into the quarterfinals behind Reese Sobols 321 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Collin Grogan also had two scores.

18 Montini (9-2)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Sycamore 24-22
Next Game: 5A Playoffs at Marian Central Catholic
PrepsTalk: Andrew Harte's 34-yard field goal with five seconds left gave the Broncos the victory. It sets up (what else is new) another dramatic showdown with their Suburban Christian Blue foes.

19 Lake Zurich (9-2)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Hononegah 17-6
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Boylan
PrepsTalk: The Bears overcame three consecutive second-half turnovers to get the victory. Lake Zurich sealed the game when Robert Rossdeutchers interception led to a six-yard touchdown run by quarterback Sean Lynch.

20 Lyons (7-4)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated OFallon 42-27
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Mount Carmel
PrepsTalk: A big win for the Lions, traveling close to five hours to get the victory. Leonard Ross and Zach Mahoney each had two rushing touchdowns. Jake Elliott kicked four field goals.

Looming and Lurking: Lake Forest, Aurora Christian, Joliet Catholic, Notre Dame, Brooks, Evergreen Park, Downers Grove North, Lincoln-Way West, Crystal Lake Central, Kaneland, Bolingbrook, Providence, Lakes, Richards, Coal City.

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Why Jimmy Butler wanted Dwyane Wade to sign with Bulls

Why Jimmy Butler wanted Dwyane Wade to sign with Bulls

When Dwyane Wade’s re-signing with the Miami Heat went from a forgone conclusion to a question mark, the Chicago Bulls and Jimmy Butler got involved in a whirlwind courtship that resulted in Friday's all-smiles press conference.

The Bulls came with the tangibles, the respect in the form of $47 million. Butler came with the intangibles—and respect as the two had critical conversations that lead to Wade finally making the leap to trek back home to Chicago after 13 years on the beach.

It was why Wade was so comfortable at his own introductory news conference to cede the spotlight to Butler Friday afternoon, the savvy veteran understanding Butler was in attendance and giving Butler the affirmation he quietly craved in front of a national TV audience.

“Jimmy Butler, everybody! Jimmy, you gonna come out with your muscles out and everything, though? You got oil on...,” Wade said jokingly, motioning to Butler as Butler stood amongst many to the side, having just finished an on-court workout with his trainer.

Wade was reciprocating what Butler had initiated during free agency during those conversations, as the only question there is to be answered is how the two will mesh on the floor as opposed to the assumption of clashing personalities.

“Just what we can do if we were to play basketball together. I said look man, I’m okay with whatever role you want me to play,” said Butler to CSNChicago.com in an exclusive interview after Team USA beat Venezuela 80-45 Friday at the United Center, with Wade sitting next to Team USA’s bench. “But we can win games if you’re here with us. So that’s basically how it went.

“I was telling him, of all the things that have been said, I’m here to win. I don’t care what role I’m supposed to play, whose team it is, you come here, we’ll win games.”

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Free agent acquisitions Wade and Rajon Rondo have openly said Butler is the first name on the basketball masthead, but Butler has termed them “the three Alphas”. Regardless of what Butler has said before publicly about not being concerned with his standing in the locker room of the Chicago Bulls, he’s feeling more and more comfortable with the position of leadership—perhaps emboldened by the validation of the two.

“Outside of all of that, all anybody wants is to be wanted,” Butler said. “He wants me to step up and lead. He wants this to be my team. Just like I wanted him for my team. That mutual respect, us being honest with each other like that, that’s where it starts. That’s the foundation.”

Establishing a pecking order is easier when the players who see this version of Jimmy Butler only know this version of Butler. The player who has evolved into an All-Star and Olympian, not necessarily the 30th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Both attributes are true, but there’s something to be said about initial impressions and how they stick.

“Moving forward, I’m gonna do my best, whatever it takes to help us win games,” Butler said. “I don’t think people understand how serious I am when I say I want to (freaking) win a championship. I’m not playing.”

Rondo and Wade have the championship receipts, so it’s unlikely they’ll allow Butler to go unchecked if his methods aren’t parallel with his words. Given the appointed title Butler gave the three, it doesn’t sound like they would let him slide regardless.

“That’s what I wanted him here, that’s why I wanted Rondo here,” Butler said. “Because they’ve done it, they know what it takes. I want them to show me. If I’m not listening, make me listen.”

When told he could be bullheaded and stubborn, Butler agreed.

“I agree, I can (be). Fine. It only makes me better,” Butler said. “If you’re on my tail all the time it only makes me better. I want that. I like that. If I’m (messing) around, you tell me, you let me know, you’re better than that. You’re right. I’m gonna respond in a positive manner and I’m gonna do what I’m supposed to be doing.”

[RELATED: Third time's a charm as Dwyane Wade embraces Bulls and Jimmy Butler as leader]

Butler used a lot of “my team” and “my guys” but one can surmise it’s less about ownership and possessiveness compared to investment—the sweat equity that earns his respect and admiration more than any single attribute.

“I respect a lot of things but I think your confidence comes from your work,” Butler said. “I’m a firm believer in that. I’m successful because of that. I just put in the time. I know these guys put in the time.”

“I respect that s**t. I’m going to war with you everyday when I know in my heart that your best interest is to help us win. I’m all about that.”

Whether Butler felt some of his old teammates were moving all tides in the same direction, he wouldn’t say—and the former Bulls probably wouldn’t on elaborate on their feelings, either.

“I think man, it was a lot of mixes of everything,” he said. “We weren’t winning games we wanted to win. We were in and out the lineup, so many guys.

“I don’t wanna use any excuses but that had something to do with it. We have a whole new team, we gotta move forward. I’m happy for those new guys, I want them to be successful on their new team.”

But he admits last season was one to learn from, and falls back on the work that he hopes will lead to others following willingly.

“You grow. You learn. You grow. I’m six years into this thing,” Butler said. “I’ve made a name for myself. I’ve done a lot with basketball since I started. I think I’m only gonna start to get better. I pray I only continue to get better because I do work. I really do work.”

Preview: Arrieta, Cubs look to stay hot vs. Mariners today on CSN

Preview: Arrieta, Cubs look to stay hot vs. Mariners today on CSN

Jake Arrieta and the Cubs look to stay hot against the Mariners today, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins with Cubs Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m. Then catch first pitch with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Starting pitching matchup: Wade Miley (6-8, 5.23 ERA) vs. Jake Arrieta (12-4, 2.76 ERA)

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White Sox lose third straight, fall to Twins in 12 innings

White Sox lose third straight, fall to Twins in 12 innings

MINNEAPOLIS -- Now that he’s an All-Star, Jose Quintana feels more responsibility for the well-being of the White Sox, if that’s even possible.

Too bad his teammates haven’t held up their end.

On Friday night, Quintana continued a superb run since he returned from his first All-Star Game with nine strikeouts. But the White Sox couldn’t match their pitcher’s confidence as the offense produced six hits and the bullpen faltered late in a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins in 12 innings in front of 23,983 at Target Field. Tommy Kahnle’s bases-loaded walk of Joe Mauer sent the White Sox, who were without Todd Frazier, to their third straight loss. Their record dropped to 50-53.

“After (the All-Star Game), I feel more confidence in me and more responsibility for my team, too,” Quintana said. “We have good players, a good rotation, everybody is throwing good and good hitters. But sometimes you see tough games like tonight.”

Quintana has been outstanding in three starts since he earned his first-ever All-Star nod earlier this month. He didn’t take long to establish that fact on Friday after the first two batters reached on a double and an error, striking out Minnesota’s 3-4-5 hitters to escape the jam. Starting with those strikeouts, Quintana retired 13 of 15 batters into the sixth inning.

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While he allowed the Twins to tie it at 1 with a run in the sixth, Quintana escaped a potential game-changing jam. Adam Eaton offered assistance when he threw Miguel Sano out at home on Kennys Vargas’s game-tying RBI single. But Quintana stranded a pair in scoring position when he struck out Eduardo Escobar. He retired two more in the seventh before handing the game over to the bullpen.

Since the All-Star break, Quintana has a 0.93 ERA over 19 1/3 innings in three starts. He has allowed 16 hits and two runs with five walks and 20 strikeouts. Even so, Quintana often goes unrewarded for his effort as his 8-8 record would indicate.

“I stood in on a lot of his bullpens when I was coming back,” said veteran Jusin Morneau, who went 1-for-3 in his first regular season game at Target Field since 2013. “You could just stand there because you didn’t have to worry about him missing his spot too often. He can throw pretty hard and throw where he wants to. It’s unfortunate we don’t score more runs when he’s out there because he could easily be 14 and whatever the way he’s throwing the ball. He’s an important part of this team.”

Another key cog, Frazier was scratched with flu-like symptoms before first pitch. He was only available in an emergency, manager Robin Ventura said. Without Frazier, the White Sox looked listless against Ricky Nolasco, who completed eight innings for the first time since 2014.

Eaton -- who had two outfield assists and has 16 this season -- led off the game with a 451-foot solo homer off Nolasco. From there Nolasco settled down and retired 15 of 17 into the sixth inning. Morneau’s second-inning single just missed being a solo homer. But aside from that, the White Sox did little well.

[RELATED: Robin Ventura doesn't want to see Sale or Quintana traded]

They had a promising chance wiped out in the seventh inning after a leadoff double by Melky Cabrera as Nolasco struck out Jose Abreu and retired Morneau and Dioner Navarro.

Nolasco allowed a run and three hits with six strikeouts in eight innings.

The bullpen then shut the White Sox down for four more innings. Dan Jennings took over in the bottom of the 12th and hit one batter and walked another. Kahnle took over and walked Brian Dozier and Mauer to end the game.

“You feel like you gave it to ‘em,” Ventura said. “We’ve been struggling anyway. But I think with his breaking ball, (Nolasco) just had us fishing for strikes. … It seemed like we were chasing stuff all night.

“All (losses) hurt. But when you’re only chalking up one run and guys are going out and pitching pretty good, that’s the one that hurts.”